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Glenn Hauser logs March 31, 2013

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 11945, March 31 at 1415, RA now has heavy CCI in Arabic. HFCC A-13 shows ROMANIA at 14-15, and there are NO listings for SHP = Shepparton! Here we go again, some major station dropping out of HFCC to its own disadvantage. Fortunately, in DXLD 13-13 we do have the complete new RA schedule but not effective until April 7 when 11945 will be reduced to 06-10 & 11-13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15105, March 31 at 1252, the 1230 BB English broadcast has faded in a bit, but still too poor to make out the topic vs its own humwhine; 1254.5 a quick carrier dropout (QCD?), music; also suffers ACI from stronger Chinese on 15110, i.e. CRI via Urumchi, East Turkistan.

15505, March 31 at 1408, BB with humwhine in Urdu; also audible scratchy parasites about 4.5 kHz above and below, which beat against the central carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. CNR1 Chinese classical string music, Sunday March 31 at 1242 // on 11785 (over other Chinese talk), 11775 under Anguilla, 11825, 11990, 12045, 15795.

More concert music at 1308 on 7445, 7385, 7365, 7310.

CNR1 also on 15115 at 1312 with CCI from VOA Chinese via Thailand; and on 15190 — most of these no doubt jammers rather than legitimate broadcasts, but I`m not taking the trouble to figure out which for all of them.

17740, March 31 at 1409 poor with flutter in Chinese, i.e. vs VOA Tibetan via THAILAND (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also EAST TURKISTAN

** CUBA. 15220 & 15240, March 31 at 1250, weak buzz field audible peaking around here from defective RHC 15230 transmitter, as also heard last evening.

15340, March 31 at 1406, RHC is open carrier/dead air here this Sunday.

11760, March 31 at 1414, this one is off, but after confirming 11690, 11750 and 11860 are on, 11760 has also come back on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN [and non]. 17630, March 31 at 1410, surprisingly VG signal from CRI English, about 2 sex ahead of 13740 Cuba. Surely cannot be MALI as previously scheduled in B-12: no, in A-13 the ChiCom have registered both Mali and Urumqi on 17630, all English:

12-15 500 kW, 308 degrees from URU and
14-16 100 kW,  85 degrees from BKO, presumably really not on the air at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also BANGLADESH

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9526-, March 31 at 1237, as long anticipated, VOI is now mercifully free of ACI from the Sino-American radio war on 9530. But that`s not much help when VOI itself is just barely modulated, and still quite a weak signal too. Can`t even determine the language now. There is also a het at 1237 from 9525, tho HFCC A-13 lists nothing until 1400 CRI Russia via SZG, which ruins VOI`s Indonesian hour, checked later at 1418. Maybe some cross-mod tho 9479 WTWW is not on yet before 1300. At 1305 VOI in presumed English, still no CCI or ACI this hour, but fluttery with too weak modulation and signal to copy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15150, March 31 at 1312, assertive, even strident, M&W in Arabic, with music background, but modulation considerably distorted; 1315 over to another calmer announcer. It`s VIRI`s A-13 NF at 0530-1430, 500 kW, 289 degrees from Zahedan per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11970, March 31 at 0510, if NHKWR in English is really here via FRANCE, it`s the JBA carrier, ex-9770 where it was well heard in B-12. Hope & expect 11970 will pick up as the spring weeks progress. How about 5975 if still // there via Woofferton? Inaudible too tho should be good for intended Europe. 11740 via Guiana French is indeed gone, final broadcast 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 15575, March 31 at 1321, presumed KBSWR English for N America aimed at S America is still here with a song, but flutter and poor signal; no longer has to contend with self-destructed BBC Cyprus co-channel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 660, March 31 at 0553 UT, choral Mexican NA playing early before someone`s CST midnite; 0556 amid other QRMex, ID mentions Monterrey, i.e. XEFZ, 250 watts at night per IRCA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1320, March 31 at 1208 UT, live DJ IDs as “La Poderosa, 13-20 AM“ and also an FM I could not catch, with almanac items, including death/birth of Selena so 1213 plays her song “Amor Prohibido“ (Forbidden Love), soon fades out, from southwest peak. Slogan fits for XECPN Piedras Negras, Coahuila, which is powerful only on day rig of 20 kW, night 100 watts per IRCA Log (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9655, March 31 at 1159 music, 1200 “Radio New Zealand news at one o`clock“ starting with private plane crash. NZ has one more week of DST nonsensical UT+13 tho west of the Dateline. Sufficient signal but nowhere near what we get from Australia on 9580. 9655 is A-13 NF for RNZI now scheduled 1059-1258 for `Timor`, i.e. wrong direxion for the Pacific and US beyond.

RNZI also on new A-13 channel 6170 ex-5950, March 31 at 1309 with music, initially good vs the noise level, one of the best signals on 49m half a sesquihour after sunrise here. 6170 now scheduled 1300-1650 toward Pacific. Onward toward Summer Solstice, will get progressively worse on this end of path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 15670, March 31 at 1246, VOR wrapping up in English a music program long before hourtop, fair with flutter. HFCC shows this is 250 kW, 145 degrees from Novosibirsk, at 11-15, not necessarily entirely in English.

15585, March 31 at 1330, “Golos Rossii, novosti“, fair signal. HFCC shows 12-19, 250 kW, 117 degrees from a Moskva site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 11815, Sunday March 31 at 1241, poor signal in Spanish is atop very poor NHK music, with monthly SW propagation outlook, so REE via COSTA RICA southward is confirmed with `Amigos de la Onda Corta` shifted one UT hour earlier. Unfortunately, we have now lost the secret Noblejas weekend frequency toward disallowed N America, 17595, nor is it on after 1300. Maybe on a better day, 21610 will be propagating. Will the other `ADLOC` airing be at 23 UT Sunday or 00 UT Monday, as REE self-contradicts?

BTW, 21515 has replaced 21540 from REE, says Eike Bierwirth, so out from under Kuwait at last; he heard it during the DX program, but HFCC-available all the way from 09 to 17 UT, not necessarily the full span in reality, or daily (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 11980, March 31 at 0512, Turkish talk on fair signal. With all those umlauts I at first suspected Hungarian: that`ll be the day. This is the A-13 replacement for 9700, now occupied by Romania, for TRT at 04-06 toward Europe (and US beyond). Should be playing a lot of music, always good for bedtime here.

15450, March 31 at 1248, VOT English with Seref Isler talking about different species of big fish; fair signal, and a great improvement over 12035 which was mostly inaudible all winter for the English when at 1330. What a difference 3415 kHz makes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 7355, March 31 at 0517, BBCWS is VG during `Weekend` show, with report by Steve Rosenberg in Moscow on all the Russian bans, interviewing Vladimir Pozner, who remarx that post-USSR, there is a “sense of revenge, envy“ against the West, and “the rot is everywhere“, i.e. corruption, with the Kremlin behind Duma`s anti-democratic measures. This new frequency is on at 05-06 only, via ASCENSION, inadvertently serving us well, no more 7255 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9805, sometime before 1300 March 31, R. Martí with religious service in Spanish, again violating Separation of Church & State. Does BBG approve this or even know about it? Or just don`t get it?

13820, March 31 at 1302, apparently Easter mass vs Cuban jamming, then mentions Urbi et Orbi, so live from Vatican? At 1307 checked 7405 and now `Aleluya` hymn is playing. So R. Martí is a defacto Catholic station?!?! What about all the other religions which have just as much of a right to get their angles into Cuba?

As yet unspecified cutbacks to transmission-hours at Greenville probably involve R. Martí. At 1415, no signal, and even no jamming on 11845, tho the DCJC kept it going sporadically during the entire B-12 season when RM was not even scheduled on that frequency. 11930 tho is on with jamming. At 1405, 15330 still with wall-of-noise jamming, despite RM`s extremely predictable abandonment of this band during A-seasons. At 1740, inaudible on 9565, neither RM nor jamming, but it`s the lowest and least propagable of daytime frequencies. RM seems to be there under heavy jamming on 11930, 13820.

Need to check the full planned A-13 RM schedule for other absences. The A-13 HFCC registered R. Martí GB transmissions as of March 28:
 5980 07-12
 6030 22-13
 7365 00-04
 7405 12-14, 03-07
 9565 17-24
 9805 09-13
11775 00-03
11845 13-17
11930 14-24
13820 13-22
Except all take a break UT Mondays 03-09 UT (but not the jammers).

** U S A. 6095, March 31 at 1309, funny tones as I tune by — o yes, it`s the weekly Sunday-only VOA Radiogram experiment, then Kim Elliott barely audible, poor signal in storm noise season. I assume the rationale is to discover how well the various modes do, despite deliberately deficient frequency scheduling on a QRP transmitter.

Kim must be really busy with Radiogram stuff and/or his day job, since there were zero entries on between March 24 and 30. There is still nothing about the new VOA language Bambara, and yahoo-searching on his entire site still brings up only a mention of that word in January, 2007.

Kim does however now provide a much-needed VOA 5-page pdf sked:

“See VOA transmission schedule, 31 March 2013 through 26 October 2013 (not available at This schedule is for transmissions through IBB-owned shortwave and medium wave transmitters and does not include broadcasts that are through partner stations in target countries.“

And guess what, it shows NOTHING IN SPANISH any more from VOA on SW, as we feared would be among the sequestration-excuse cancellations.

However, as Peter Hansen points out to the dxldyg, the VOA English portion only is now here:

** U S A [non]. 15775, March 31 at 1320, VG signal in Korean, i.e. VOA back on its A-season channel instead of 9800 in B-seasons, 21 degrees from Tinang, PHILIPPINES, and consequently carrying on USward. If only KBS could do as well trying to broadcast to N America on 15575 [see KOREA SOUTH] as VOA does, trying not to (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1662 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW-1 5830, UT Sunday March 31 at 0400-0430, excellent signal. In case there be another bonus this Sunday, check 9930 at 2315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 12105, March 31 at 1256, WTWW-3 with dramatized Russian Bible, but heavy QRM from Asian language, SAH of about 3 Hz and also CODAR QRM. I.e. KSDA in Chinese; aiming NW from GUAM does not mean there is no signal into deep North America! KSDA and WTWW are FCC-scheduled to overlap at 13-15, except WTWW is already on before 1300. Yesterday I heard on WTWW-2 a promo for WTWW-3`s “10 languages on 12.1 MHz“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 690, March 31 at 0558 UT, El Paso ad vs KGGF open carrier, and IBOC noise from WLW 700, i.e. KTSM; 690 earlier bore SS, probably XEN, see UNIDENTIFIED (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 960, March 31 at 0503-0505 UT during another KGWA Fox-hole, blues guitar music dominates, presumably WABG Greenwood MS. Others have concluded WABG is sometimes running day facilities at night, which could explain its sporadic appearances under KGWA carrier. The previous few nights, KGWA kept modulating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1400, March 31 at 0500-0507 UT perfunctory try for the WKBI Pennsylvania DX test when sweeps and code IDs were to be running, but nothing audible with heavy KCRC 1390 splash even with BFO tuned to 1402. It would have to penetrate the maximum signal from my closest local which normally makes 1400 a useless DX frequency here (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM. 15310, March 31 at 1406, siren jamming against nothing! Wake up, commie jammers: R Free Asia in Vietnamese via Tinian is no longer on 15310, but instead BBC English via Oman, unheard either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 690, March 31 at 0548 UT, SS report about Pemex, peaks SSW, so most likely XEN in DF with news/talk format. Slow SAH with open carrier, no doubt KGGF KS again; see also KTSM log (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1350, March 31 at 0534 UT, “Viva México“ song; DF fits for KCOR San Antonio, Tejas, the usual SS dominator, but would they play such a song? Can you imagine any Mexican station playing USA patriotic music?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1470, March 31 at 0531 UT mention of ““ which I hoped would lead right to a station in or around Davenport IA, but the two Iowans on 1470 are too far away, and that website is a “private blog“ with a login. Wonder what that`s about? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1490, March 31 at 1201 UT, some graveyarder is playing the `Star Spangled Banner`, still far too unusual on US radio dials. While the SSB is easily recognized in all the QRM, could not make out the announcement which followed, and then “How Great Thou Art“, maybe from same transmitter. Could be just my nearest 1490 which owns 1490 once skywave is done, Jimmy Swaggart`s KMFS Guthrie OK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. TP carrier search around sunrise here 1219 UT March 31: At 1216, barely audible ones on 774, 738, 702, 657; at 1219 on 828, 882. I usually check 774 first and assume it`s Japan, but companion 747 is missing! Then I more carefully DF these and find they are peaking from W/E, not NW/SE, ergo not from Asia but from Australia/Pacific. With nothing but carriers and rough DFs, likely: 774 3LO Melbourne; 738 Tahiti; 702 2BL Sydney; 657 RNZ Wellington; but 828 & 882 nothing above 10 kW in Pacific (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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